White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

The White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (WR DTP) is a collaboration across the social sciences at the universities of Leeds, Sheffield, York, Bradford, Sheffield Hallam, Hull, and Manchester Metropolitan. It is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The Department of Environment and Geography offers studentships with the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership.

They will give you access to:

  • a wealth of supervisory expertise across the social sciences
  • a wide range of training opportunities, particularly focused on maximising the social and economic benefits of your research
  • a network of students and researchers studying in your discipline across Yorkshire
  • a network of interdisciplinary contacts and the opportunity to develop expertise working across disciplines

Subject to ESRC eligibility criteria, the scholarships cover tuition fees and a grant (stipend) to help towards living expenses. In 2017/18, the basic stipend for ESRC studentships is £14,553. All awards are available for study part-time.

These scholarships are available on a 1+3 (Masters + PhD) or a +3 (PhD only) basis.

Research topics

We recommend that you discuss your proposed research topic with a potential supervisor before applying. Possible research topics include:

  • Understanding the links between investments in energy infrastructure, the state, and national projects of development in southern Africa
    This has a focus on Mozambique but potentially could extend to other empirical contexts where energy projects of national importance are being planned and implemented, such as Tanzania, Malawi, South Africa or Namibia.
  • Designing environments to foster health, wellbeing, participation and mobility as people age
  • Environmental justice
    Looking at the ethical dimensions of major infrastructure, land use or technology development projects such as shale gas, nuclear power, carbon capture and storage or nuclear waste facilities.
  • Sustainable food systems
    Looking at the socio-spatial relationships in the production and consumption of food, climate change impacts of cultural and societal change on the structuring and regulation of agri-food systems.
    Sustainable mobility
    Looking at innovative, efficient, sustainable and practical shortest pathways for low carbon strategies and impacts of bio-based material substitution in the automotive industry.
  • Social and environmental change in the global South
    Related to regional integration, urbanisation and transformation of rural livelihoods; environmental governance, climate change, and social justice; dynamics of poverty, vulnerability and risk. Geographical focus on South East Asia.
  • Livelihoods, health and wellbeing, and biodiversity
    Including human-nature interactions such as ecosystem services, natural resource management, zoonotic disease and human-wildlife conflicts, in developed or less developed countries.
  • Public and stakeholders perceptions of forms of energy supply, energy demand, climate change and geoengineering
    Implications of energy and non-energy policy for equitable energy transitions

    Barriers, constraints and opportunities for community energy

How to apply

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 24 January 2018 at 5pm.

Please note, there are two steps to the application process:

1. Apply for a place on a PhD programme (please note the appropriate stream will depend on the discipline of your potential supervisor)

Apply for the PhD

2. Apply for the scholarship

Before you apply it is important that you read the guidance.

Apply for the scholarship


We will interview everyone who applies for a PhD with an ESRC scholarship as long as our eligibility criteria are met. This interview will determine whether you are offered a place on our PhD programme. It will also determine whether we put you forward for consideration for the studentship.

Interviews will be held in February 2018.